How to delete cookies in Internet Explorer

What are cookies? Cookies are files that contain customized information for a web page that you have visited. Usually a cookie file contains information such as login names or passwords. In some cases people wish to delete the stored cookies especially when you use a shared computer. Deleting the cookies every so often is a good practice to protect your privacy when your computer is used by other people who access the internet.

PC Tip: Deleting the temporary internet files along with the cookie files may free up hard drive space speeding up the performance of your PC.

If you are currently running Internet Explorer 7 and you would like to manually delete your cookies please follow the steps below.

How to manually delete cookies in Internet Explorer 7

  1. Close all of your running programs including Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Start > Run > type in inetcpl.cpl and press enter.
  3. When you see the window come up make sure you are in the General Tab.
  4. Click Delete under Browsing History in the Internet Options dialog box.
  5. While in the Delete Browsing History dialog box, click the button Delete Cookies one time.
  6. When the dialog comes up asking you “Are you sure you want to delete all cookies in the Temporary Internet Files folder?” select Yes.
  7. Your computer may take a while to delete all of the cookie files depending on the speed of your system.
  8. After it has completed you can close each dialog box.
  9. You have completed deleting the cookie files for Internet Explorer 7

If you are running Internet Explorer 6 and you want to delete the cookie files you can follow the steps below.

How to manually delete cookies in Internet Explorer 6

  1. Close all o f your running programs including Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Start > Run > type in inetcpl.cpl and press enter.
  3. When you see the window come up make sure you are in the General Tab.
  4. Click Delete Cookies under Temporary Internet Files.
  5. When it asks you “Delete all cookies in the Temporary Internet Files folder?” select OK.
  6. Click on the Delete Files button.
  7. Select the Delete all offline content check box and then select OK.
  8. Your computer may take several minutes to delete all of the files depending on how much space it is taking up.
  9. Close the Internet Options window.
  10. You have completed the process for deleting all cookie files for Internet Explorer 6.

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  • India

    Thankyou so much!
    I’ve been trying forever to get those damn cookies of my computer. I downloaded a program but it didn’t delete them, it just said it did. So they came back every time.
    Can’t believe how easy it was!
    Thanx